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Thoughts on woodturning tools

One of the early articles in Fine Woodworking
magazine quoted Bob Stocksdale, the pioneering American craft turner, that he almost never used anything but a deep gouge, a round nose scraper, and a parting tool. Everything else he called, “Just one more thing to pick up and put down.” I liked his attitude, but like most of us, I was a sucker for the Latest Thing, and ended up with a lot of stuff I’ve never used. Here’s what I do use.

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Some Technical Notes on Woodturning

REDUCING SANDING TIME

Many years ago I bought a huge log of Cenizaro, or Monkey pod. Looks somewhat like a coarse grained walnut. I was turning large salad bowls, but fibers were tearing out of the end grain,
and I was spending way too much time sanding out the damage, even using a drill with 40 grit paper.

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